A divine sentence is in the lips of the king: his mouth transgresseth not in judgment (Proverbs 16:10, KJV). In the role of governing, it is sometimes forgotten that great responsibilities under-gird the position. As a judge implements the force of law in relation to the accused, those in government should exercise discretion in leading. In our current society, many wonder if a judge or an elected official is properly executing the responsibilities of the position. In the ancient society, the Lord took away these temptations when He gave man His law. With regard to a king who reigned over the nation of Israel, that which came from his lips (or should have) was that which came from the mouth of God. History, however, tells us that even with these things in place by God, determined people with corrupted ways of thinking would not be thwarted. Many of Israel’s kings were not stopped because the people who were subject to these kings had themselves already stopped hearing the Lord. Thus, no divine sentence came from the mouth of a king, only corrupted words.
At age 12, Jesus “in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard Him were astonished at His understanding and answers” (Luke 2:46-47 NKJV). As an adult, the very first time Jesus taught in His home synagogue, “all bore witness to Him, and marveled at the gracious words which proceeded out of His mouth” (Luke 4:22 NKJV). No religious teacher, preacher, prophet, or leader has ever taught like Jesus did. “Then the officers came to the chief priests and Pharisees, who said to them, ‘Why have you not brought Him?’ The officers answered, ‘No man ever spoke like this Man!'” (John 7:45-46 NKJV). Does your preacher teach, “He who believes and is baptized will be saved” (Mark 16:16 NKJV). Why not? Jesus did!
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.
To me, the most striking phrase of Jesus is, “Have ye not read?” (Matthew 12:3,5; Matthew 19:4; Matthew 22:31; Mark 12:10,26; Luke 6:3).
The religious leaders of Christ’s day had indeed “read” the Old Testament passages that Jesus’ referred to in the above passages, but were more interested in upholding their own “traditions” rather than upholding God’s word (Matthew 15:3,6; Mark 7:8-9,13).
As a result, the Lord called these religious leaders “hypocrites” (Matthew 15:7-8 ; cf. Isaiah 29:13).
Today, our society would call them “reading-challenged.”
A good leader is a person who takes a little more than his share of the blame and a little less than his share of the credit.
John C. Maxwell, pastor, author, leadership expert
Leaders are visionaries with a poorly developed sense of fear and no concept of the odds against them. They make the impossible happen.
Dr. Robert Jarvik, 20th-century American heart surgeon
So who’s my favorite non-divine Bible character? It’s really hard to pick just one. There are so many I want to meet and talk to. One strong contender is Joshua, when he rallied the people to serve God in Joshua 24. He is an example of a great leader, something that the church sorely needs today. We would do well to emulate his strength, courage, and resolve.
Now therefore, fear the LORD, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the Gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt. Serve the LORD! And if it seems evil to you to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the Gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the Gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.
The final test of a leader is that he leaves behind him in other men the conviction and will to carry on.
Walter Lippmann, American journalist, author and public philosopher (1889-1974)